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Staghorn Fern

Platycerium superbum

Also known as

Elkhorn fern

Balboa Park Botanical Building by Herb Neufeld (CC BY 2.0)

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

3m

Min

2m

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Staghorn Fern Overview

This epiphytic fern has evergreen fronds of two types: sterile and fertile, these are both broad and branching, resembling a stag's horns. This species originates from Australia and is found near rainforest environments. Most of the fronds are fertile, grey-green, arching and can reach around 2m in length, sterile fronds will turn brown as they age. These sterile fronds are arranged in a nest structure capable of collecting leaf litter and this may reach a metre in width. This species is widely cultivated as an ornamental species for garden planting.

How to propagate Staghorn Fern

Budding

You can propagate by detaching buds in the spring or summer and planting in compost.

Spores

Spores in summer or early autumn.

Other uses of Staghorn Fern

Commonly named after stag or elkhorn antlers which the leaves closely resemble.